#10 You can’t join DAR because that ancestor Major Daniel Bollman was really a Hessian soldier.
#9 The family cemetery you've been looking for this past decade was just investigated by “Ghost Hunters” on TV.
#8 That Mayflower lineage document from 2nd Cousin Horace is really just a 1972 receipt from the moving company.
#7 Great Aunt Hilda, who you have avoided interviewing, just passed away and you never got the story of her passage through Ellis Island.
#6 That illustrious ancestor who, according to a 1912 compiled genealogy book, “occupied a chair of applied electronics at an important government institution” was really a convict sent to the electric chair.
#5 You finally get accepted to appear on “Genealogy Roadshow” and Josh Taylor kindly refutes your great grandparent’s lineage, leaving you back at square one on that branch of the family.
#4 You finally find that your 3rd great grandfather, David Burham who married Dorothy Burnham, had a mother named Judith Burnham and her mother was Martha Burnham.
#3 A sudden natural disaster destroys your computer, floods your paper files, and burns your family photo albums.
#2 Your mother confesses about the “milkman”, making 50% of your family tree moot.
#1 Your Irish grandfather’s y-DNA test comes back as Haplogroup H
Some of the situations above are avoidable. Have a disaster plan for your files, interview those elderly relatives NOW, and double check your research.
Go with the flow. Sometimes you have to lop off a branch of your family tree and rebuild all over again.
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